Report: Pirates and Rockies among teams interested in Kevin Slowey

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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and Rockies are among the teams “showing continued interest” in Kevin Slowey.

Slowey, who has been on the disabled list since late May with an abdominal strain, is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start tonight with Triple-A Rochester. His future with the Twins has been in question since he failed to make the starting rotation out of spring training. He was expected to be demoted to the minors prior to the injury.

It’s not surprising that there’s a fair amount of interest in Slowey, as the control specialist has a decent 4.43 ERA over 448 innings in the big leagues. The 27-year-old right-hander is a notorious fly ball pitcher, so he might not be the best fit in Colorado, but he could certainly be a useful starter in the right situation. He is earning $2.7 million this season and remains under team control though 2013.

Tom Ricketts says the Cubs don’t have any more money

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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts met the media in Mesa, Arizona today and said a couple of things that were fun.

First, he addressed the controversy that arose earlier this month when emails of his father’s — family patriarch Joe Ricketts — were leaked, showing him forwarding and approvingly commenting on racist jokes. Ricketts apologized for those serving as a “distraction” for the Cubs which, OK. He also said “Those aren’t the values our family was raised with… I never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” If you choose to believe that a 77-year-old conservative guy who loves racist emails — who once spearheaded an anti-Obama ad campaign that required a “literate African-American” as its spokesman — hasn’t said racist stuff a-plenty, that’s between you and your credulity.

More relevant to the 2019 Cubs is this:

The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.